When I voted in Chicago, every single person checking us in and passing out ballots at my early voting location was a Black woman. In fact, for as long as I can remember, my polling stations have been full of retired Black women working the polls, trying to help preserve what little democracy we have left.
My mother used to be a poll worker, and all her friends and sorority sisters would do it, too. I grew up traveling to the polls, watching these women check addresses and pass out pins and “I Voted” stickers and lollipops. I recognize that I live in a metropolis with a significant Black population, so this experience is quite normal to me. In other areas, I’m certain all the poll workers are white. Or Latino. Or male. But right now, Election 2020 is down to votes, and some of those key areas are largely urban areas where people of color are congregated. Earlier this week, I saw a video of the sistas in Detroit trying to do their duty while other folks — both in-person and online — disrespected their abilities to do their job.
Poll Workers Are The Real Heroes Of This Election
As of this writing, votes are still being counted in the 2020 presidential election — thanks in no small part to the…
I salute these women (and others) who are counting ballots under enormous pressure. Under racial pressure. Because I fully understand how racism is intersecting with certain folks' inability to believe these votes were counted accurately.
One of those women in Philadelphia came to work the polls despite having congestive heart failure and being susceptible to Covid-19. Talk about a hero. Read her story here.